A generation raised on graphic novels that became Oscar nominees, Pulitzer winners, Caldecott honorees, National Book awardees and culture changers hardly needs to be reminded that comics isn’t just silly kids’ stuff. Find the next big (illustrated) thing—or be inspired to create your own—at the annual MoCCA Arts Festival, a lively celebration of all things comic and cartoon.
Coproduced with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and midtown’s Society of Illustrators, MoCCA Fest features more than 400 exhibiting artists and publishers. This year’s special guests include The New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author Roz Chast; Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, cocreators of March, the three-part comic biography of Congressman John Lewis; beloved Spanish newspaper cartoonist Liniers; and Love and Rockets cocreator Jaime Hernandez.
With all due respect to the heavyweights, the greatest joy of going to MoCCA Fest is simply exploring the rows and rows of privately run tables, most showcasing books from a remarkable array of independently published comics creators. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to explore the wildly diverse work of local artists Jordan Jeffries, Megan Brennan, Nicholas Offerman, Julia Gfrörer, and Robyn Chapman.
Why You Should Go: This smorgasbord of comic book creators, small-press imprints, cartoonists, celebrity illustrators, and visual innovators is a one-stop shop for all your graphic fiction curiosities.
MoCCA Arts Festival
639 West 46th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen
Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
$7 per day; kids under 10 free